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Picasso and Chicago
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Art History News – 10 hours ago
*First Large-Scale Picasso Exhibition Presented by the Art Institute in 30 Years Commemorates Centennial Anniversary of the Armory Show Picasso and Chicago on View Exclusively at the Art Institute February 20–May 12, 2013 * This winter, the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the unique relationship between Chicago and one of the preeminent artists of the 20th century—Pablo Picasso—with special presentations, singular paintings on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and programs throughout the museum befitting the artist’s unparalleled range and influence. The centerpiece of … more »

Frederick Cayley Robinson: Acts of Mercy
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Art History News – 10 hours ago
* Frederick Cayley Robinson: Acts of Mercy* was a National Gallery exhibition created in collaboration with Tate Britainand on display 14 July – 17 October 2010. Frederick Cayley Robinson (1862–1927) is one of the most distinctive yet elusive British painters of the early 20th century. This was the first exhibition of his work to be shown in the United Kingdom for over 30 years. The four central paintings on display are the summation of Cayley Robinson’s artistic ambition. Executed between 1916 and 1920, his masterpiece, ‘Acts of Mercy’, comprises four large-scale allegorical work… more »

More parents say they won’t vaccinate daughters against HPV, researchers find
Jonathan Kantrowitz at CT Free Radicals – 15 hours ago
Parents increasingly concerned about potential side effects, study shows A rising percentage of parents say they won’t have their teen daughters vaccinated to protect against the human papilloma virus, even though physicians are increasingly recommending adolescent vaccinations, a study by Mayo Clinic and others shows. More than 2 in 5 parents surveyed believe the HPV vaccine is unnecessary,

Coffee holds the key to a longer life?

Jonathan Kantrowitz at Health News Report – 15 hours ago
The elderly inhabitants of Ikaria, the Greek island, boast the highest rates of longevity in the World, and many scientists turn to them when looking to discover the ‘secrets of a longer life’. In a new study in Vascular Medicine, published by SAGE, researchers investigating cardiovascular health believe that a cup of boiled Greek coffee holds the clue to the elderly islanders’ good health. Only 0.1% of Europeans live to be over 90, yet on the Greek island of Ikaria, the figure is 1%. This is recognized as one of the highest longevity rates anywhere – and the islanders tend to live… more »

Brown Center Report on American Education

Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 16 hours ago
The 2013 Brown Center Report on American Education on Education has been released. PART I: The Latest TIMSS and PIRLS Scores PART II: The Resurgence of Ability Grouping and Persistence of Tracking PART III: Advanced Math in Eighth Grade Part I examines the latest results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) released in December, 2012. The U.S. did relatively well, posting gains in reading, math, and science. Finland made headlines by registering declines from the last time it took the TIMSS mat… more »

Surgery Is Superior to Radiotherapy in Men With Localized Prostate Cancer

Jonathan Kantrowitz at Prostate Cancer Research Report – 22 hours ago
Surgery offers better survival benefit for men with localised prostate cancer, according to a large observational study, conducted by a group of researchers in Sweden and the Netherlands. “The current gold standard management of localised prostate cancer is radical therapy, either as surgery or radiation therapy. This study suggests that surgery is likely superior to radiation for the majority of men who have localized prostate cancer, especially the younger age group and those with no or few comorbidities,” said Dr. Prasanna Sooriakumaran, lead study author, of the Karolinska Univ… more »

The Sleeping Beauty. Victorian Painting from de Museo de Arte de Ponce
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Art History News – 1 day ago
*Flaming June, Lord Leighton. Museo de Arte de Ponce.* For the first time in Spain the Museo del Prado presented a selection of 19th-century English paintings from the Museo de Arte de Ponce. Entitled *The Sleeping Beauty. Victorian Painting from the Museo de Arte de Ponce*, the exhibition offers the visiting public a unique opportunity to see works of the stature of Flaming June by Frederic, Lord Leighton and Edward Burne-Jones’ monumental masterpiece, The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon. For historical reasons, 19th-century British art is one of the least well represented areas i… more »